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Volume 10
Issue 3
Online publication date 2014-08-14
Title SKUTHI: Developing a tablet-based survey technology and its application in teaching research methods in social sciences
Author Ridvan Peshkopia, Mergim Cahani, D. Stephen Voss
Digital tablets and smartphones are increasingly becoming part of the daily life of people and a must in professional developments in so many disciplines. The dependence on internet availability of current tabled-based technologies prevents successful public polling in areas where there is no internet connection. In order to overcome those restrictions we have developed the Skuthi platform for android tablets and smartphones. Skuthi allows the selection of convenient samples on android tablets independent to internet connection. Moreover, Skuthi enables probability samples by polling the public via cellphones by using a random digit dealing (RDD) technique, and also filling the questionnaire on the same smartphone from where the interviewer is calling. The multifunctional potentials of Skuthi offer opportunities for its successful application in both developed and developing countries in a wide variety of survey setting. 

We are implementing Skuthi as a medium of public polling with students from our Research Methods courses as part of their fieldwork requirement for the course. The ability of today’s students to navigate smartphones and digital tablets facilitates such an application and produces enjoyable and productive learning experiences.
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Keywords Tablet, smartphone, public opinion surveys, Skuthi
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